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Stones: Entire squad crucial to City's recent form

Stones: Entire squad crucial to City's recent form
John Stones says every member of the City squad has played a vital role in our achievements so far this season.

The England defender helped Guardiola’s men see out a deserved 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, which extended our winning run to 12 Premier League matches.

City finish the weekend with an impressive 11-point gap on second-placed Liverpool, who moved above Chelsea with a comprehensive victory over Brentford on Sunday.

But Stones insists he and his teammates’ are focused solely on our own performances and that the key to our recent form lies in the collective.

“Everyone plays such a vital part in our team, every single player pulls their weight. I think that is why we are in the position that we are in now,” he said following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea.

“I don’t like concentrating on what is around us and I am a big believer in that we control what we do as a team, and we have got to focus on ourselves.

“The next game we need the same attitude and performance today, as well as all the other games this season.

“We just focus on ourselves, and I think that is why we are in the position we are in now. We give everything and try to implement what we do on the training pitch week in week out.”

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Stones also highlighted the impact of Pep Guardiola on our rich vein of form, pointing out that the City boss constantly pushes his players to try and reach new levels.

Indeed, the City defender says Guardiola has instilled a mentality in the dressing room where, while always confident in our own abilities, no opponent is taken lightly.

“The manager is the type to always say stuff and keep us on our toes and that is why he is always demanding more and the best from us.

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“As players we know what position we are in and I think we have such a humble squad, knowing that we cannot get ahead of ourselves or stop doing the basics right.

“In these games it is so vital to have that humility when we are playing against big teams, to show them respect, but go and show them what we can do and what we do week in week out.

“I think that is why we have been so successful over the years in so many competitions because we have that drive and humbleness to show our opponents that respect.

“But in the back of our minds the manager is always demanding it and we have to go out there and prove ourselves week in week out.

“Over this Christmas period we have shown that and it is the sign of a great team.”

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